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Caution: Fragile ‘Internet of Things’ Within

on Friday, May. 16th

“We will live in a world where many things won’t work and nobody will know how to fix them.” -Janna Anderson, director of the Imagining the Internet Center

That’s the last line in this brief write-up Kurzweil AI gives on a report about the future of the Internet produced by the Pew Research Center Internet Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center.

Way to bury the lede there, kids.

As exciting as the possibility of the Internet of Things is this factor: that an ecosystem of devices that lay far beyond the skills of regular folk is emerging all around us.

Most of us are already at a loss when our phones and other devices break down. The tools that we’ve come to rely on in the past decade are oddly fragile. The question is: do we need to have everything connected in order for the basic functionality to work?

The rejection of an always on requirement is what started the long unraveling of Microsoft’s Xbox One strategy, which culminated in the decision to release a version that will ship without the signature Kinect device this very week.

Should champions of the Internet of Things heed the lesson of that consumer revolt?

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